So today is Columbus Day! Seems appropriate to start with a little poem.
In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
Yep, I guess there were lots of questions? Was the world really flat? Was there a shorter way to India? Fountain of youth? Gold? All sorts of great explorer-type questions. And off he went on 3 ships to see what he could find. And what he found was the Bahamas.
So I guess its only obvious to honor an explorer with some thoughts about exploration from our Leader. Of course, I am not talking about geographical exploration, but spiritual exploration and discovery. And what we find are two very interesting thoughts to consider today.
First from Matthew, where the Christ himself explains how to gain spiritual understanding.
7″Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
9″Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
And later James writes this about asking and seeking
4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:4-6 (New International Version)
So today, get out and discover something. Learn something new, explore some new path, take a new way home after work and remember that if you need a spiritual lift, believe and ask, the Father is waiting to give!